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Braves beat Phillies 10-6 to gain ground in playoff race

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer and Chipper Jones had a two-run shot, helping the Atlanta Braves keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a ten-to-six victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night.

The Phillies entered two games behind the N-L East-leading Mets and tied with San Diego for the wild-card lead, but missed an opportunity to put pressure on the Padres. San Diego played at San Francisco later.

Jimmy Rollins hit a solo homer to become the second player in team history with 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in the same season.

Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Chase Utley also connected for the
Phillies (85-72).

Atlanta (83-74) needs to keep winning and get some help to reach the playoffs after a one-year absence. The Braves won an unprecedented 14 straight division titles, before missing out last season.

Pat Burrell's sacrifice fly off Jeff Bennett (2-0) gave the Phillies their first lead, 5-4 in the fifth. But Atlanta answered quickly against Jamie Moyer (13-12) in the sixth.

Jeff Francoeur doubled to start the inning and Andruw Jones followed with an RBI single to tie it.

Moyer pitched to one more batter, retiring Brian McCann on a bouncer to the mound. Geoff Geary entered and Matt Diaz lined his first pitch for an RBI single to give the Braves a 6-5 lead.

After Yunel Escobar doubled with two outs, Edgar Renteria hit a two-run single to make it 8-5.

Utley's solo homer off Manny Acosta in the seventh cut it to 8-6. Chipper Jones connected off Tom Gordon in the ninth for insurance runs.

Desperate to see their Phillies end a 14-year playoff drought, a crowd of 39-thousand, 129 cheered wildly and frantically waved white-and-red "Fightin' Phils" towels. But they left disappointed.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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